Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Figuring out PIN Numbers for OPA FIT and MicroFIT Applications

For those of you trying to complete OPA FIT applications here is a handy bit of information.

Property records are public information, but access to them is antiquated. When applying to the OPA for a feed-in-tariff (FIT) application you need to provide the legal description of the property. This is something like "Plan 54 -Portsmouth Village -Part Block 181, Can 1, Part Lots 78-88 Inclusive, Part Lot 144, Lots 120-143 Inclusive, Lot 24 & Part of Gardiner SI.", in the case of the West campus of Queen's University.

The easiest way to get this information (that I've found so far) is to use Teranet's excellent property search tool. The kind ladies of the City of Kingston municipal registrations office showed me this tool. Since that date, I discovered that you can access this tool online. Simply create an account here: Teranet Express. If you know the property owner, such as "Queen's University", you can search by name and you only need to know the county where the property is located. This is a big time saver.

Best of luck!